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David Fucillo

49ers inactives open the door for some useful evaluations in Week 14

The San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos released their inactives for Week 14, and there are no real surprises for Kyle Shanahan’s squad. Matt Breida, Pierre Garçon, and Jaquiski Tartt are all inactive after being ruled out on Friday. Jeff Wilson will start in Breida’s place, Dante Pettis will likely start opposite Marquise Goodwin, and Marcell Harris should get another start at strong safety.

K’Waun Williams is inactive with a knee injury, which means rookie D.J. Reed is likely to...

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Patrick Holloway

Predict the 49ers’ first offensive play, tackle, and touchdown vs. Broncos

Prediction time! What will the 49ers run as their first offensive play? What 49ers defender will secure the first tackle. How will the 49ers score their first touchdown?

The San Francisco 49ers are back home at Levi’s Stadium for Week 14 and it’s prediction time once again! This is going to be an P.M. game against the Denver Broncos who have a chance to be explosive, but certainly are under-achieving.

The predictions will include:

1. The first offensive play the 49ers will run/attempt...

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David Fucillo

Gore moves past Tomlinson for fifth all time in yards from scrimmage


Frank Gore continues piling up yards and moving up career leaderboards. Midway through the first quarter of Week 14, Gore has moved past Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson for No. 5 all time on the career yards from scrimmage leaderboard. Gore entered the day with 18,414 total yards for his career, while Tomlinson had 18,456. Gore gained 40 yards on his first two rushing attempts during the Dolphins first drive, and added nine yards early on the Dolphins second...

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Mark Saltveit

Playing for the future

4 moves the Niners can make today to set up next year

I’ve got some bad news for you. Brace yourself. The Niners are not going to win a Super Bowl this year. I know, sorry I had to be the one to tell you.

Let’s avoid the whole tanking debate, because you know how you feel about that. I think the players on the field should play as hard as they can every down, and try to win every game, for a bunch of reasons.

That said, a game where winning is not important opens up a bunch of...

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Patrick Holloway

Week 14 AM game thread

It’s game day! Any non-49ers games got your attention?

Welcome to Week 14. There’s four football games left of San Francisco 49ers fun and draft positioning predictions, but the first of which won’t be happening until the afternoon. That means we get the slate of A.M. games at our disposal. We got our first taste of the week with the Tennesee Titans-Jacksonville Jaguars matchup and it was certainly a dud unless you’re either a Titans fan or someone who started Derrick Henry in...

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David Fucillo

‘Pros’ siding with 49ers, ‘joes’ siding with Broncos in Week 14

There’s thought this could be a close game.

The San Francisco 49ers are underdogs later today when they host the Denver Broncos, but professional bettors have been intrigued by SF all week. The line for the game opened as high as Broncos -6, but it has been bet down to as low as a field goal as of this morning.

There is sometimes talk of “pros” vs. “joes” in the betting market. A sizable majority of the public might choose to bet on one side, but the line will move the other way...

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Five 49ers to watch against the Broncos in Week 14

Five players to watch when the 49ers face off against the Broncos at Levi’s Stadium.

The 49ers, embarrassed in back-to-back road games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks, return to Levi’s Stadium Sunday for the first of three consecutive homes games. Their opponent, the Denver Broncos, are in the mix for an AFC playoff spot after rattling off three straight wins.

Here are five players to watch when the 49ers battle the Broncos on Sunday:

WR Marquise Goodwin


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Patrick Holloway

Rooting guide for 2019 draft order

Sending out the SoS

The San Francisco 49ers are onto the final stretch of their season from hell. They are all but certain to notch a top-five pick in the 2019 NFL draft and it’s less on their performance and more on the performances of other teams.

At this point the strength of schedule (SoS) is being factored in. Remember, head to head records do not matter in the event of a tie. Draft positioning is determined by depth in the playoffs, win-loss record, and SoS. So if the Chargers and...

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Akash Anavarathan

Breaking down WR Dante Pettis’ breakout performances the last two games

Pettis is finally healthy and it’s starting to show on the field.

After trading up to the second round to take wide receiver Dante Pettis, the 49ers seemingly had one of their core playmakers moving forward. However, through nine weeks, Pettis only had three catches for less than 100 yards combined. It was turning out to be a disappointing, injury-ridden rookie campaign that was going to leave a sour taste in 49ers’ fans mouths.

Yet, the last two weeks have been a coming out party for...

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David Fucillo

49ers vs. Broncos, Week 14: All you need to know

The San Francisco 49ers are getting ready for an away game against the Denver Broncos. Find information here on the 49ers-Broncos game time, TV channel, live online streaming options, radio, announcers and more!

There are only four more weeks of football for the San Francisco 49ers and the first of those games kicks off today against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos are caught in .500 hell and playing to maybe save coach Vance Joseph’s job while the 49ers having nothing but evaluations on...

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Patrick Holloway

Kyle Shanahan fined $25,000 for unsportsmanlike penalty at Seattle

Given the circumstances the NFL may have laid off, but it’s not too surprising.

Kyle Shanahan finally knows how much his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty cost him in Seattle last week: $25,000. This on top of the 15 yards the 49ers were penalized for after he threw an f-bomb at the officials. The fine came on Saturday from the league.

The penalty closes “Shoegate,” an incident where Fred Warner’s shoe came off and Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson threw it behind the line...

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David Fucillo

Picks against the spread for Week 14 NFL games

The San Francisco 49ers host the Denver Broncos in Week 14. I will not be taking the points. Time for my Westgate SuperContest picks, as well as my picks for the remaining games this week.

Welcome to Week 14 of the NFL season! The San Francisco 49ers are back home to face the Denver Broncos in a matchup where they are four point underdogs. Denver has one of the best defenses in the league, ranked second in overall efficiency. Add in the second most efficient rushing attack, and this is a...

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Golden Nuggets: Broncos Come to Town

A daily compilation of 49ers news from around the net. Sunday, December 9th, 2018 edition.

Good morning folks, and good afternoon/evening to our friends across the ponds, its game day! The 49ers host the Denver Broncos in the late afternoon slot - perhaps the last winnable game on the 49ers schedule, especially if the New Orleans Saints are able to push the Los Angeles Rams into playing their starters in week 17 due to the homefield advantage race. Of course, this game has the added benefit...

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NFL fines Kyle Shanahan for unsportsmanlike conduct

The NFL fined 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan for his profane sideline outburst at officials during Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Shanahan will see his pay docked $25,000. Shanahan received a 15-yard penalty for protesting an offsides penalty called on linebacker Elijah Lee. Shanahan later explained he was [more]

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David Fucillo

‘The Catch’ re-created on Tecmo Bowl

Tecmo Bowl is a classic Nintendo game that has been used quite a bit in recent years to re-create classic moments. Recently, someone put together a video with the most iconic moment in every franchise’s history. If you can’t see the video above, click here.

Naturally, they went with The Catch, and they did a great job putting it together. It is unfortunate however that the very next team is the Seattle Seahawks, and the play they use is Richard Sherman’s tip of Colin Kaepernick’s...

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Tony York, son of 49ers owners, dies at age 35

Tony York, the son of 49ers owners Denise DeBartolo York and John York and the brother of CEO Jed York, has died at age 35.

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Injury report implications for 49ers-Broncos

The 49ers will be out three starters for their Week 14 matchup against the Broncos. Who’s stepping up?

The San Francisco 49ers will be without three starters against the Denver Broncos Sunday for their Week 14 matchup at Levi’s Stadium. Receiver Pierre Garçon, running back Matt Breida and safety Jaquiski Tartt were all ruled out Friday by coach Kyle Shanahan.

Garçon’s missed the last four weeks with a combination of both knee and shoulder injuries. Kendrick Bourne has filled in for...

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Patrick Holloway

Expect a competition for backup quarterback in 2019

May the best man wear a headset and carry a clip board.

When the 2018 season rolled around, two things were certain on the quarterback position: Jimmy Garoppolo would be starting while C.J. Beathard would serve as his backup. Only one of those statements will be true in 2019. Garoppolo will return from his ACL injury while his backup will be a competition between Beathard and previous third-stringer Nick Mullens.

Kyle Shanahan was asked about how the quarterback position would shape out in...

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Patrick Holloway

The 49ers will win/lose against the Broncos if...

The last game they could win?

Four more games and this season from hell is over for the San Francisco 49ers. I don’t think I’ve seen such a hopeful season to build on become such a disappointment as time goes on. The worst part is, there’s not really much you can blame besides Lady Luck.

So, the Broncos. They are a bit strange. They are stuck in .500 hell with Case Keenum as their quarterback. Keenum was thought of as an upgrade by all parties (this writer included) but something...

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Patrick Holloway

NFL Hotseats: AFC West

Our look at front office/head coach openings in the NFL continues today with the AFC West. AFC North | AFC East | AFC South

We’re going to go around the league, looking at each division and seeing what vacancies could open up for Black Monday. Thankfully there probably won’t be any in Santa Clara, but a coach could bail to fill one of the vacancies elsewhere. Today, we have the AFC West.

When I began writing up the AFC West, two things became certain. There were coaches and front office...

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